Felicity Huffman released a statement after she was sentenced to 14 days in prison for her part in the college admissions case on Friday, September 13.
The Desperate Housewives actress, 56, was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine, complete 250 hours of community service and participate in a year of supervised release after she was arrested in March for paying $15,000 to improve her 19-year-old daughter Sophia’s SAT scores.
“I accept the court’s decision today without reservation. I have always been prepared to accept whatever punishment Judge Talwani imposed,” Huffman said in her statement to Us Weekly. “I broke the law. I have admitted that and I pleaded guilty to this crime. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period.”
She continued, “I would like to apologize to my daughter, my husband, my family and the educational community for my actions. And I especially want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children.”
The When They See Us star also reflected on what she’s taken away from the case since her arrest earlier this year.
“I have learned a lot over the last six months about my flaws as a person,” she said. “My goal now is to serve the sentence that the court has given me. I look forward to doing my community service hours and making a positive impact on my community. I also plan to continue making contributions wherever I can well after those service hours are completed.”
She ended her statement by vowing to be a “more honest” and “better” person for her daughters and her fans.
“I can promise you that in the months and years to come that I will try and live a more honest life, serve as a better role model for my daughters and family and continue to contribute my time and energies wherever I am needed,” she wrote.
Huffman continued, “My hope now is that my family, my friends and my community will forgive me for my actions.”
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